Welcome to the website for the International Program within the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Our mission is to provide diverse opportunities to students through international engagement to enhance their college experience. While our programs are specifically tailored to GVPT majors, they are open to all students.


 

Spring 2022

 

 

Global Classrooms (Africa) - GVPT484: Government and Politics of Africa (Spring 2022)

Prof. McCauley
Professor John McCauley

 

A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the African countries, with special emphasis on the problems of nation-building in emergent countries.

This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide virtual opportunities for global engagement. Global Classrooms can range from embedded experiences to immersive, project-based collaboration. Learn more about Global Classrooms: go.umd.edu/gc-umd.

 

 

 

 

GVPT482 - Government and Politics of Latin America

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Professor
Isabella Alcañiz

 

A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of the Latin American countries.

This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide virtual opportunities for global engagement. Global Classrooms can range from embedded experiences to immersive, project-based collaboration. Learn more about Global Classrooms: go.umd.edu/gc-umd.

 

 

 

 


GVPT485 - Government and Politics of the Middle East

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Prof. Calvert Jones
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A comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of Middle Eastern countries, with special emphasis on the problems of nation-building in emergent countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GVPT 359I - Identity Politics: Constructing a Gender Inclusive Society (Iceland)

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Prof. Jóhanna  Birnir

 

This course sets the foundation for exploring identity politics with a juxtaposition of varying theories about identity, with a special emphasis on gender.  Building on this literature we examine empirically how gender rights and rights of the LGBTQ community vary across the world, how these have changed over time, and what are some of the cross-national correlates of change.  We then delve deep to the subnational case level to ask how a gender inclusive society was built in Iceland, which is currently ranked first in gender equality in the World Economic Forum’s World Gender Gap Index and, according to the Global Acceptance Index, ranks among the five most LGBTQ rights accepting countries in the world. 

 

 

 

 


 France (Online)  Race Relations in the U.S. and France 

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Professor Antoine Banks

 

The goal of the course is to contrast the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. with those in France. It is designed to explore how racial and ethnic groups shape and are shaped by the American and French political systems. Among the topics to be covered include the meaning and measurement of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, prejudice, and political representation. In times of restricted travel this GVPT Global Learning class combines lectures on campus in College Park with lectures from Sciences Po* (Paris) and local, culturally relevant experiential learning. The on-campus lectures will focus on racial and ethnic politics in the U.S. and the French lectures on racial and ethnic politics in France. This class will be adapted to a fully-online course if necessary in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

*Lectures planned with external organizations are tentative and subject to change at any time. 

 

 

 

 
Washington, D.C., United States - GVPT429A: Quantitative Study of Exit Polling and Elections (Fall 2020)

 

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Professor Sarah Croco

This class will teach students skills in data analysis and data visualization using the programming language R. The primary focus will be the 2020 election. In the weeks leading up to the election, students will be expected to be keenly aware of publicly-available data related to the election (e.g., polling data) and will learn how to translate these data into real-time insights. Students are also required to participate in two exit polling sessions during the early voting period in MD and all day on the day of the election (Nov. 3). This election will undoubtedly be a historic one for myriad reasons. We hope to make the most of this opportunity by giving students a chance to learn valuable data analysis skills on an event of critical importance for the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Global Classrooms (Mexico) - GVPT417: Environmental Policy Analysis (Fall 2020)
 

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Professor
Isabella Alcañiz

The Seminar in Advanced Topics in Environmental Policy Analysis (GVPT417) will develop a  semester-long project that students at Maryland and students at the Tecnológico de Monterrey will collaborate on. The objective of the course is to have students acquire and apply key environmental policy tools to a real world and current problem – Water Insecurity in the COVID-19 Era – using a global and comparative framework. GVPT417 will resemble a graduate seminar, where students come to class having carefully read the assigned readings for the week beforehand and are prepared to work with UMD and Mexican classroom peers on problem-solving to advance the course project. Students will work together at the intersection of water insecurity/management, social inequality, and the coronavirus pandemic. Using the different policy tools acquired throughout the semester, students will produce a final product: a comparative report of the particular pandemic-related challenges and weaknesses of water policy in the United States and Mexico.  

 
 
 
 

Havana, Cuba - GVPT 388F: Foreign Policy Decision Making (Fall 2019 with Winter 2020 abroad)

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Professor Will Reed

This was a new course that combines lectures on campus in College Park with a study abroad component in Havana, Cuba. - The lectures on campus will focus on different strategies for studying foreign policy decision making.The class traveled to Cuba to learn about several foreign policy events that shaped much of the foreign policy of the United States in this region.

This course was featured in an article in The Diamondback and photos from the trip abroad can be found on our Instagram profile